Parenting 101 Essay

1321 Words Feb 28th, 2015 6 Pages
The Glass Castle has been a great memoir to allow readers to make sense of what Jeannette Walls had gone through as little girl on the many journeys with her family and with herself. It addresses the many social issues such as: neglect, sexual abuse, homelessness, unsanitary conditions, and alcohol abuse. In this memoir we are able to see a glimpse of how Rex and Rosemary Walls choose to educate their children to see the better side of their daily hardships. To show that no matter what nature throws at us we can handle it. Rex and Rosemary Walls may not have been the best parents however they were able to turn their children into well-educated adults. They were able to accomplish this by ensuring them that they loved them and would never …show more content…
She learned to have hope for a brighter future. Early in the memoir Jeannette’s father teaches her an important life lesson. The lesson to always face your fears no matter what they are. In his words “… but you can’t cling to the side your whole life, that one lesson every parent needs to teach a child is ‘If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim…” This example is of when Jeannette is beginning to learn how to swim. Her father pushes her to keep trying until she finally is able to swim without drowning herself. Another significant life lesson Jeannette’s mother demonstrates is at the beginning when Jeannette burns herself and learns to not fear it but face it and then becomes fascinated by it. As she states in the following sentence “Good for you, Mom said when she saw me cooking. ‘You’ve got to get right back in the saddle. You can’t live in fear of something as basic as fire.’ I didn’t. Instead, I became fascinated with it. Dad also thought I should face down my enemy, and he showed me how to pass my finger through a candle flame…” Lori Walls, Brian Walls, and Maureen Walls are Jeannette’s siblings with who she is very close with and together make their dream of escaping their dysfunctional lifestyle a reality. They mutually learned how to be loyal to each other. They always stood by each other, sometimes even acting more like the parents rather than their parents who act more like children in certain occasions. The children

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